Wiesbaden rallies to stay in playoff hunt
BRISTOL, England – The Wiesbaden Warriors stayed alive for the Division I playoffs Saturday with a gut-check 37-34 victory Saturday over the Filton Pride.“We were behind 27-0 with nine minutes left,” Wiesbaden coach Steve Jewell said by telephone after his team’s narrow escape. “Then Dan Harris, who never fumbles, fumbled, and they returned it for a touchdown. It looked like it was just one of those days.”Instead, it was a day for the ages.Harris atoned for his bobble by kicking it into a higher gear, one available to only the best backs. Held to 50 yards of total offense for the game’s first three periods, he broke loose for 125 yards and three touchdowns over the final 12 minutes.Harris “exploded against our very tired defense,” Filton coach Benjamin Herod wrote in a Saturday email. Harris wasn’t alone, Jewell said, in resuscitating the Warriors.“We finally started to hold them and we started to make some plays,” he said.For the second straight week, quarterback Garry Miskovsky stood out on both sides of the ball, throwing an 18-yard TD pass to Brian Sealey during the rally, and, also for the second straight week, stripping the ball from a Filton runner and returning it 40 yards to set up another score.“Miskovsky was a monster for us again,” Jewell said.Reggie Smith added an interception for Wiesbaden, which improved to 3-2 going into its regular-season finale Saturday against visiting Lakenheath.“We were still two touchdowns behind with five minutes to go,” Jewell said. “Our last TD came with 1:30 left.”Filton (2-3) fell out of playoff contention. The Pride is to close its season this Saturday at RamsteinNicky Farrell ran for two touchdowns, Ryan Nestor registers a TD run for Filton, Farrell tossed a 20-yard TD pass to Dale Somers, and Will McLaughlin scooped up the Harris fumble and took it 58 yards for the Pride’s final score of the day.